Peanut Buttercup Cheesecake Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 9-16 bars
Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick), butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • Snack sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (I accidentally used 8 ounces of Reese's Minis)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
Peanut Butter Ganache:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick foil. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 9 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool. Leave oven on.
  3. When the crust is cool, cover bottom with peanut butter cups.
  4. To make the cheesecake layer, mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Carefully spread over peanut butter cups. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. To make the ganache, microwave the cream and butter till butter is melted. Whisk in peanut butter chips till smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and pour over bars.
  6. Chill firm before cutting. Cut into 9-16 squares. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Store in refrigerator.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at